Lord Jason Scott the Lady GaGa of Events

Alstonefield, Peak District

Alstonefield, where there’s a new lord of the Manor.
Just like Lady GaGa ( I know even I thought I would never have anything in common with such an icon) my Title is not from Peerage or Heritage.
It is in short, ” To the Manor Bought!”.
I am asked more about this silly little thing then about my amazing career or adventures or even history with the medical legacy I have found myself around at a certain time of my life or even( insert gasp here) the fiasco I was once in with a Mr. Nicolas Cage ( Actor/mad man/ Geek God and Greek beneficial to nepotism in film) but perhaps another time for both those stories as now its all about what comes before my name.
For today I thought I would quickly tell the tale of the title and although I did this 3 years back I thought perhaps less on me and more on this actual situation would be more beneficial.
After a rather strange situation with my now ex-wife, Lady Levannah Anthea Grafton, she decided that I was to become the Lady Gaga of the Event world, the Prince to the party scene and King of the clubs of Leicester square. So on my 34th birthday she bought me a Title deed to a Manor somewhere greener then where I type this in England ( more than this I have never bothered to look up). It was just some paperwork and some more paperwork and after a few signatures it was done, not as easy as changing from Katie Price to Jordan or Carlos Estevez to Charlie Sheen but there you have it.

Lord of the Manor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses see Lord of the Manor (disambiguation)

Ightham Mote, a 14th-century moated manor house in Kent, England

The Lordship of a Manor is recognised today in England and Wales as a form of property[1] and one of three elements of a manor that may exist separately or be combined and may be held in moieties. A title, similar to Lord of the Manor, in French would be Seigneur du ManoirGutsherr in German, godsherre in Norwegian and Swedish, ambachtsheer in Dutch and signore or vassallo in Italian. In Italy, particularly in the Kingdom of Sicily until 1812, the feudal title signore was used; like the English title, it came into wide use in Norman times, from the French seigneur.

Side bar, the UK law on this is actually rather interesting :
Since the abolition of Copyhold Land rights Lord of the Manor Titles are legally entitled to carry on with, or without, land ownership. The title of Lord of the Manor is legally still extanct without a need for ownership of the original Manorial land that accompanied the title to which it was allocated.
 With money comes opportunity and believe these are the guys that do it : 
http://www.msgb.co.uk/Titles.html like they did here for a small sum of £5k each for his and hers ( so much better than a robe or juicy couture tracksuits don’t you think ?). http://www.bramptonlocal.co.uk/cumbrian-lord-of-the-manor-titles-for-sale-for-5-500-each-1.754388?referrerPath=home/the-gossip
In fact if you want it now, thanks to the recession you can get : The Lordship of Piccots, in Little Saling, for an asking price of £4,750.
The  hard part came after, making the name mean, excellent and attention to detail in events. Showing that I care what is said with my name and what I do with it but it also means that I am just” Jason”  to everyone on this 3rd rock from the Sun and its all just Hollywood and I do not work around with a medal and ribbon around my neck and cutting ribbons at malls or bestowing freedom to babies before having my wicked ways with the villagers who live or work for me in my Manor.
Here is a fantastic story of a man who saved up his whole life to be a Lord:
Now, let’s get schooled on the negative side of all this, shall we, sit down and get comfy..as here is a case of a title bought that did not go as smoothly.
“Lord of the Manor” titles are being bought at auction for thousands of pounds, provoking bitter disputes over the ownership of village greens and grass verges, and prompting campaigners to call for the abolition of feudal laws.

A village in the Peak District has become an unlikely battleground between the country’s old feudal laws and the modern British legal system.


The title of Lord of the Manor of Alstonefield was bought for £10,000 in 1999 by a business in Wales.

That business is owned by Mark Roberts, who also styles himself Lord Marcher of Trelleck, another title his company owns. It owns 60 titles in all.


 It’s been absolutely horrendous for ordinary families living within this situation 
Sue Fowler
Parish councillor, Alstonefield

He claims ownership of grass verges and commons in Alstonefield, but the parish council has disputed this claim, saying it has an old legal document to prove a previous lord of the manor gave up rights to this land in the 1800s.

Mr Roberts initially had a caution put against first registration of the title across a 25,000-acre area covering the ancient parish, to make sure no-one else registered a lord of the manor title for the same area.


Title arose in feudal system after Norman Conquest
Estates of land called manors were still owned by the king
But they were handed to the (mostly Norman) lords in return for military service
They were all-powerful over the peasants who worked the land
Today people can call themselves ‘The Lord of the Manor of… ‘ but the Passport Agency does not recognise them
Chris Eubank is Lord of the Manor of Brighton

But it had the unintended effect of stopping house sales because lenders and buyers were made aware that someone had some sort of claim or interest in the area of land.

Some villagers also found they didn’t have right of way into their properties, as Mr Roberts was claiming ownership of grass verges, and they ended up paying him for access. In one case, a resident paid £15,000 for land next to his house.


“It’s been absolutely horrendous for ordinary families living within this situation,” says Sue Fowler, a parish councillor in Alstonefield, who believes Mr Roberts is imposing 11th Century laws on a 21st Century community.

“I think it’s about time we made it a criminal offence to make money in such a way.”



A similar situation arose in a village near Newport in Wales, Peterstone Wentloog, where Mr Roberts is also lord of the manor.

Then in 2005, the law changed so that no-one can charge a person for accessing their property via common land any more, as long as they can show they have been doing so for 20 years or more.

Mark Roberts

Roberts denies causing a nuisance

This change put an end to the practice, but in Alstonefield the arguments continued, despite the fact the caution had been lifted.

Mr Roberts claimed ownership of common land too, which includes several greens. He said he would lease the land to the parish council for a nominal sum. But the council refused as that would effectively recognise him as landowner.

Instead, the council applied for village green status so it could protect the villagers’ free use of the land, no matter who owned it.


The lord objected and a public inquiry was called, at a cost to the parish council of £16,000. Earlier this month, Staffordshire County Council granted village green status to just four of Alstonefield’s many grassy areas. That means the arguments could continue over more than 10 other pieces of land.



“We do not buy titles. We buy manors, which are the oldest form of landed estate,” says Mr Roberts.

“We buy these old landed estates for the land including demesne agricultural land, pasture land, quarries, common land, waste land and foreshore that go with them, which we manage in a traditional way as any other major landowner does and has done over the last 1,000 years.


“We are in essence akin to a small version of the Crown Estate or Duchy of Cornwall Estate.”


St Peters Church, Alstonefield

Seven years of confusion have engulfed Alstonefield

Scores of titles are bought and sold every year. Often people buy them for fun, like ex-boxer Chris Eubank, but some people see a business opportunity.

This is entirely legal and there is no doubt the titles can be valuable. As well as rights to land like wastes and commons, they can also give the holder rights over land.

For example, mineral rights, hunting and fishing rights, the right to hold a market – even the right to a beached whale, should one wash up in your manor.


However, it can be difficult to exercise feudal rights in today’s legal landscape. For example, you cannot build a mine without planning permission and the mining of gold, silver and oil are subject to statutory restrictions.


Campaigners around the country, as well as some politicians and legal professionals, say manorial rights are anachronistic and ought to be abolished.

 People are looking at these rights for personal gain 
Judith Bray
Land law expert

“This is a long way from the feudal system in the 13th Century,” says Judith Bray, a land law expert from Buckingham University.


“People are looking at these rights for personal gain and for business opportunities. They no longer have the reciprocal duties that they owed in the 13th Century. It is now an opportunity to exploit their position.”

She said the legal situation is very confusing because a piece of legislation in the 1920s separated manorial rights from the ownership of land.


It is not known how many manorial rights are even held, although the Land Registration Act 2002 set a 10-year window in which all such rights have to be registered.




Mark Roberts strongly rebuts any suggestion that his pursuit of manorial rights causes a nuisance.

“I have a right to protect my land against modern encroachment and trespass,” he told the BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action programme. “The majority of listeners would not countenance a trespass in their back garden and neither will I, no matter how big the perpetrator.”

The Law Commission in England and Wales is considering a project to abolish feudal land law, acknowledging the remnants cause “uncertainty” to the public, legal professionals and the courts. But any such project would not include a review of manorial rights.


the above is from the brilliant : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6923705.stm


So there…now go forth work hard and call yourself, ” I” as that is something we can all do when alone and talking to ourselves… in fact I am doing it right now.



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Lord Jason Scott- Events and Marketing, become the brand.

~ by Jason Allan Scott on July 25, 2012.

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